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Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis seeks to explore De Diversis Verborum Significationibus, the surviving epitome of the lexicon of Herennius Philo of Byblos (ca. 64-148 CE). By placing Philo in the timeline of Greek lexica, his prescriptive style and desire for absolute correctness in speech stands out among other lexicographers, and raises this question: what is the purpose of a dictionary, to describe how words are used, or to define “correct” usage?
Smitten, Alec, "Herennius Philo and the Dilemma of Lexicography" (2021). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8078.
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